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Big & Little’s Restaurant

Mon, Apr 13, 2015

by Jennifer Aldrich & A. Allen
big&Finding a good and filling meal for under $10 can sometimes be a challenge in the city. StreetWise vendor Andy Allen ventured to River North to try the award- winning Big & Little’s (860 N. Orleans St.). This gourmet fast food taco, seafood, and burger joint has been featured on multiple television shows, including Diners, Drive-Ins’, and Dives, Chicago’s Best, Mystery Diners, and Check Please.
For just under $10, Andy ordered a half fish and chips that the cashier assured him would do the job at filling him up. Andy noticed that the restaurant had been awarded Cheap Eater’s Restaurant of the Year in 2011, and was impressed to see all their other awards hanging neatly on the walls.
The hand-trained chefs that started and own Big & Little’s strive to provide fast food that is served quickly and in a relaxed and fun environment so that it loses none of its flavor or quality. Andy stated not only that “the food came out quickly and was hot” but that “it was good quality fish and it was cooked really well.” He commented that the half order of fish and chips served over a heap of fries was as filling as the cashier had promised and that the fish itself was “fresh and fried well, served with lemon and tartar sauce.”
It is refreshing to find restaurants, especially cheaper ones, where the notion of customer service is not lost on the staff. Andy was impressed by the way the cashier guided him on what to order and treated him with respect. He mentioned that the restaurant was “set up nicely and was pretty clean,” with picnic tables and bar stool seats for patrons to choose from. When Andy went in around 3 p.m. it was not very crowded but he noted that there were a group of “young men kicking the bo-bo’s, just sitting around ordering, eating, and socializing.”
The experience Andy had at Big & Little’s was positive enough for him to definitively plan on returning, stating “I’m going back to try the lamb tacos,” among other items on the menu he thought looked promising. With large serving sizes, fresh food, good atmosphere, and cheap prices, Big & Little’s has it all for a good meal without spending a fortune.

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